Entanet has warned that the new Investigatory Powers Act (IPA), which is set to come into force as soon as the government’s Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) gains Royal Assent, will have implications for the privacy of every UK citizen and could lead to further sweeping powers being assumed by the state.
In the latest article on its opinion website, the company’s Product Manager, Paul Heritage-Redpath, argues that the passing of the Bill into law could set a dangerous precedent.
“Entanet campaigned hard against the IPB and its previous incarnations. Given the volume of data breaches already this year, as a responsible ISP we consider the collection of every citizen’s browsing history to be a profoundly bad idea; it is inevitable that, at best, there will be scope creep among government departments. At worst, your life will fall into the wrong hands. We will let former Prime Minister David Cameron have the last word: ‘If we want to stop the state controlling us, we must confront this surveillance state.’”
In a multiple-choice straw poll conducted on its website, 57 percent of respondents said that if the IPB was passed, they would be ‘off to live in the woods so that they wouldn’t have a digital footprint to spy on’, while 24 percent said they were mostly concerned about how their business will manage the cost of required data retention. A further 14 percent had no knowledge of the IPB, while only five percent said they were not bothered as they have nothing to hide.